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UK, Kentucky Mining Institute Hosting Kentucky State Mine Rescue Contests

Photo of previous contest

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2017) The University of Kentucky Department of Mining Engineering and Kentucky Mining Institute are coordinating the Kentucky State Mine Rescue Contests Aug. 21-24 in Lexington. The event brings coal miners, industry personnel, and officials from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Kentucky Division of Mine Safety to Lexington for three days of mine safety contests.

The purpose of the event is to simulate an actual underground mine disaster, giving rescue teams a chance to stay sharp in the event of an actual emergency.

The contests are held downtown at the Lexington Convention Center Heritage Hall beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Geaunita Caylor at 859-494-1621 or